21 May, 2011

Ai Weiwei

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei

Sunflower Seeds

In October 2010, Sunflower Seeds was installed at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London. The work consists of one hundred million porcelain "seeds," each individually hand-painted in the town of Jingdezhen by 1,600 Chinese artisans, and scattered over a large area of the exhibition hall.[33] The artist was keen for visitors to walk across and roll in the work to experience and contemplate the essence of his comment on mass consumption, Chinese industry, famine and collective work. However, on 16 October, Tate Modern stopped people from walking on the exhibit due to health liability concerns over the porcelain dust.[34] In February 2011, a 220-pound (100 kg) pile from Sunflower Seeds sold for $559,394 (well above its high estimate of $195,000) at Sotheby's in London.[35]

Sunflower Seeds from the Tate



Sunflower Seeds from Vernissage TV
Interview with Ai Weiwei

for some reason they disabled embedding on part 2 - see it on youtube here


Interview about the Olympics

Recent Interview


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